Evil Gal Productions

Mere Smith
is a recovering Southerner,
longtime TV writer,
author and blogger.
November 6th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 11-6-16

work every day

November 3rd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 11-3-16

CUBS

WIN

THE

WORLD

SERIES

November 2nd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 11-2-16

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November 1st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 11-1-16

crisis possibly averted – or maybe staved

more news as it happens

October 31st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-31-16

we let the kids pick for themselves, thus confirming the fact that Tootsie Rolls suck

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October 30th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-30-16

very strange month, I’m sorry this hasn’t been more regular, Dear Nonexistent Reader

October 27th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-27-16

fog has set in

October 26th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-26-16

HB, JR!

ive been falling asleep on the couch missing all these blog posts I’m bleary eyed

October 24th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-24-16

son of blog

October 23rd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-23-16

blog

October 20th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-20-16

i kicked ass today

October 19th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-19-16

last presidential debate tonight, thank god

October 18th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-18-16

every day I’m hustlin

October 17th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-17-16

things progressing

October 16th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-16-16

sleep

October 13th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-13-16

the First Lady gave a hell of a speech today

October 11th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-11-16

HB, D!

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October 10th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-10-16

i have an orthodontist appointment tomorrow

October 8th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-8-16

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October 6th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-6-16

staying up too late. must get some sleep.

October 3rd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-3-16

truckin

October 2nd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-2-16

i downloaded candy crush in a moment of weakness so I’ll see you in 2018

October 1st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 10-1-16

this is it, y’all. I’m gonna finish this month.

 

 

 

yep already regretting saying it BUT I STAND BY IT

September 29th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-29-16

i spent three hours in a doctor’s waiting room today

September 28th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-28-16

i went swimming (as exercise) for the first time today. I did 10 laps!

September 26th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-26-16

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September 25th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-25-16

HB, ML!

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September 24th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-24-16

sleepy so much

September 22nd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-22-16

the Finance surprised me and brought home dinner from our favorite Italian place tonight – salmon in a pesto cream sauce, with rosemary potatoes. this has been a really good goddang week

September 21st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-21-16

a friend told me her good news today and I’m amazingly proud of her. I admire you, friend.

September 19th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-19-16

best day I’ve had in probably a month

September 18th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-18-16

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it’s not the book don’t worry

September 16th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-16-16

long day

September 15th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-15-16

dear friend who is having a hard time,

I am thinking of you.

you are loved.

 

 

September 14th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-14-16

keep your eyes on your own paper

September 13th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-13-16

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September 12th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-12-16

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September 11th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-11-16

fifteen years ago my friend called me around 6 in the morning and told me to get out of bed, get out of bed right now, right now, go turn on the TV, and I did and I don’t wear pajamas so I stood in my living room and watched the second plane hit

 

i never felt so naked

September 10th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-10-16

I tried something fancy like six times but it’s 11 on Saturday night and now I’m too tired to make it work. maybe next time.

September 8th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-8-16

YEP

September 7th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-7-16

GRIND

September 6th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-6-16

PUSH

September 5th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-5-16

PUSH

September 1st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 9-1-16

I had breakfast with a millennial today and felt every single one of my years

August 31st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-31-16

as a rule, when i miss a couple days in a row on the blog, it’s because things aren’t going so well. either i’m sick, or exhausted, or the writing is sucking more than usual and i feel too awful to blog “the writing is sucking more than usual,” or i’m having a touch of the BiPo Wobblies.

happy to report that the last two days are missing due to me KICKING THIS BOOK’S ASS. it’s still not done (JESUS LORD WILL IT EVER BE DONE) but the last couple days were real roses-on-the-page types.

even so, here’s what i didn’t know when i started to write a novel: it is excruciating, Dear Nonexistent Reader.

what i thought would only take me a few months (to expand an unfinished novella) has now stretched out to an entire year. never in my wildest nightmares did i think it would take me this long – NEVER – and yet (with the exception of a few completely fucked-off days) i know it would have been physically impossible for me to write harder. i mean, i’m sitting in this office 6 or 7 days a week (come to think of it, today makes 12 days in a row), anywhere from 4 to 10 hours a day. i am BUSTING. BALLS.

but faster, well – i could always write faster. that’s maybe my biggest regret as a writer, my goddamn pokiness, which accounts entirely for the ass-long amount of time it’s taking me to finish this book. granted, i know some folks take years, plural, to create their masterpieces, but i’ve got other shit to do, jack! i’ve been making slow (slow, slow, always so damned slow) progress on the other projects on my slate – the spec, the movie, the comic book – every day devoting little pockets of time – even 30 minutes – to my “side gigs,” while keeping my eyes on the prize:

FINISH THIS FUCKING BOOK, SMITH

FINISH IT!

August 28th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-28-16

9/9 days worked

August 27th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-27-16

finished my third book of August today. been trying to read three a month, keep my fiction-writing brain loose

August 25th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-25-16

cramps like a motherfucker

August 24th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-24-16

{through}

August 23rd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-23-16

really turned it around today, writing-wise. if it weren’t for the constant terror, I’d feel smug

August 22nd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-22-16

nails on the page day

August 21st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-21-16

in the immortal words of ice cube, today was a good day

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August 19th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-19-16

delightful meeting today

August 18th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-18-16

 

good things happening

August 17th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-17-16

go to bed stop watching the limpics

August 16th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-16-16

time for the sleep

August 15th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-15-16

it coulda been worse.

got a cold on Friday, but it seems to have wrapped itself up by today – with a save-it-for-later doggie bag of phlegm. Typhoid Finance had it first, so this weekend our house sounded like a Victorian consumption ward.

managed to make it to the gym this morning, even so – but couldn’t run, ’cause i started coughing – so just walked three miles while listening to Florence + the Machine and watching Olympics highlights on NBC.

it coulda been worse.

August 13th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-13-16

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August 12th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-12-16

i can’t believe it. sore throat. what the fuck.

August 11th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-11-16

i scrubbed the toilets today, in case you were wondering about my glamorous life

August 10th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-10-16

so much to write, so little time

August 9th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-9-16

nbc held me hostage until 11:45 tonight with women’s gymnastics. you suck, nbc

August 8th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-8-16

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did I mention I’m fuckin funny, too

 

August 7th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-7-16

i think at this point you can pretty much assume, dear Nonexistent Reader, that if i haven’t posted a blog entry, it’s because i fell asleep on the couch at an embarrassingly early hour (i.e., 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 p.m. last night)

yesterday i went to a panel at the Writers Guild called “Women Who Run the Room” – a discussion with female showrunners. in all honesty, after 17 years in the biz, it was a little elementary for me (most of it i just sat there nodding, going, “yep. yep. heard that. seen that. went through that.”) – though i did learn a couple little management tricks that may help in the future 😉

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August 4th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-4-16

so many breakthroughs in the writing today, holy shit.

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UPDATE: I didn’t realize how slow this fucking page was loading, Dear Nonexistent Reader – I’m sorry it took so long for you to be able to not read anything! I’ve taken the first five months of 2016 off the front page – hopefully easier to load now!

August 3rd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-3-16

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August 2nd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-2-16

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August 1st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 8-1-16

did I kick today’s ass? uhyes I did

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July 31st, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-31-16

this book has been in the transition phase of labor for thirty-three thousand years

July 30th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-30-16

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July 28th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-28-16

had a sorta come-to-Jesus meeting with myself last night, feeling recharged today

July 27th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-27-16

how can I be working this hard and going so slow the laws of physics are not applying

July 26th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-26-16

HB, GS!

a woman was nominated for President of the United States tonight.

July 25th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-25-16

HB, PO!

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me after kicking today’s ass

 

July 24th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-24-16

HB, SG!

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July 22nd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-22-16

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July 19th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-19-16

first day back at yoga after two weeks lost to injured hip. thank god, I was feeling so stagnated in my body. now just gotta work back up to running… but slowly, slowly… that hip bursitis thing is no joke, man

July 18th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-18-16

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July 17th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-17-16

the last three blog entries are missing because I fell asleep on the couch before 10 p.m. every single night since I’m a goddamn motherfucking rock star living my best Hollywood life

July 13th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-13-16

this week I will have met with three people socially, so I think I’m good for the year

July 11th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-11-16

Sometimes I remember this lady exists and think a writer’s life is actually kind of normal

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July 10th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-10-16

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July 9th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-9-16

current status of the world:

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July 7th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-7-16

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July 6th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-6-16

barely conscious

July 5th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-5-16

walking around all day with an ice pack strapped to my left hip

July 4th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-4-16

I fucked up my hip

July 3rd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-3-16

it’s good that in this day and age of rampant terrorism we can still have a holiday that celebrates shit-squirtingly loud explosions

July 2nd, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 7-2-16

saturday night let’s all go to sleep

June 30th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-30-16

i have to go faster

June 29th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-29-16

fell asleep on the couch at 5, ’cause I’m edgy and youth-oriented like the preferred demographics

June 28th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-28-16

hit a pivotal scene today

 

mile markers

mile markers

June 27th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-27-16

vacation over – back on the horse*!

 

*(the writing horse, not heroin)

June 26th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-26-16

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June 24th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-24-16

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June 20th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-20-16

Peace at last, Miss Ives

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June 18th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-18-16

had waffles with these nerds today

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June 17th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-17-16

the book is a war of attrition and I swear to god I will wear it down first

June 16th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-16-16

i’ve been sitting here far too long wondering what to write so now i’m writing down the fact that i’ve been sitting here far too long wondering what to write

June 15th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-15-16

some really important pieces locked into place today, feeling like maybe I did build the damn thing right

June 14th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-14-16

another day off Twitter. think I’ll be ready to be back tomorrow

June 13th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-13-16

took a break from Twitter today to readjust my mental, after dealing with so many abusive right-wing assholes responding to that tweet yesterday

it was a good decision. thinking i should make it a regular thing. felt a noticeable absence of a particular type of pressure (blood?)

June 12th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-12-16

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June 11th, 2016 by Mere Smith

The Year of Blogging: 6-11-16

Woman resting in hammock